@cvincent84 Thank you so much for the thorough response! I hadn't even thought about using an outside DJ! With just over a month to go I'm nervous and don't want to make any big changes, so I think I'll stick with the resort DJ. I am definitely considering the styling trio I'm leaning towards nixing the official cocktail hour and mariachi band, and going to the lobby bar like you suggested. It seems like a lot of people stuck with that plan and it was fine. I'm wondering if I could get the acoustic guitarist to play at the bar for the hour? (Wonder what THAT charge is....).
We are planning on a beach ceremony (Capitan Morgan?) and poolside reception (Cocos?)..but having not been there and basing the decision off one photo is tough! Anyone have any suggestions on best beach and poolside locations? I'm also wondering if there is any type of overhead for the poolside or if its all in the open.. there would be no need for hanging decorations then If anyone can share photos of their setup/decor for ceremony on the beach or poolside reception I would be SO appreciative! I've been scouring the different photography sites trying to get little bits and pieces Also- how did you all take care of handing out welcome bags? We are bringing them, but the resort charges $3 per bag to deliver for you (huh??).
Thanks again!! Loving reading through all the replies previously!
No problem! I bet you could hire the guitar player. He was super good, but no idea on the price. I'm sure it's more expensive then what you would think but for sure cheaper then a mariachi band! I'm SURE the resort DJ will be fine. I would recommend getting a list of song you want played, if they are playing music you like they can't go too wrong!
Instead of having the resort hand out bags as people came in, why don't you just deliver them your self? You'll be seeing everyone at one point or another anyway! The resort has a fee for everything...geesh. I got married at the Palace so I can't say much about the Maya locations but I can't think of how they would hang anything near the pool. But who knows!
I posted this before but if anyone wants to see my pictures from my wedding in June at the Palace, just my friends and family photos right now, feel free to add me my on Facebook - Chelsea McFarlane (Vincent). Just send me a quick message saying your from here and I'll add you.